Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Music
3:50 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

On The Road To Normal: Jessica Lea Mayfield Finds Love And Happiness On The Road

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Jessica Lea Mayfield has released three albums to date and although each has earned her critical acclaim it’s her live shows that arguably remain most impressive. She began performing and touring with her parents in their new grass band before she was 10. She says that even after roughly 20 years in the spotlight sometimes being on stage can still be a strange experience.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Fri February 20, 2015

A Musical Life: UJ Pesonen

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UJ Pesonen plays a variety of instruments, including drums, violin and guitar. He loves listening to music in the vinyl medium and his band, Wrong Kata Trio. The group has recently issued the album Come Morning.

“I am UJ Pesonen. I play in the Wrong Kata Trio which is based in Lawrence but I live here in Wichita.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Stephen Hough: Building A More Perfect Room With Beethoven

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It might be hard to imagine that one of the greatest living pianists began his life without much music in his home. But Stephen Hough began exactly that way—he became enamored of the piano when he saw one at an aunt’s house and realized it would allow him to add music to the nursery rhymes he loved singing. Before long, he begged his parents to buy him one and pay for lessons. As it turned out, piano transformed not only his life but his family’s as well.

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Music
9:56 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Honeybears, Treehuggers, And A Few Trips To Outer Space

Buxton's latest 'Half A Native'
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Tuesday, February 17

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Music
11:24 am
Mon February 9, 2015

New Music From An Array Of Singer-Songwriters And A Host Of Silly Love Songs

Butch Walker's latest album 'Afraid of Ghosts'
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Tuesday, February 10

Afraid of Ghosts is the latest release from singer-songwriter Butch Walker. The album is a quieter, more serious turn from Walker, who is also an acclaimed producer, and features a guest appearance from actor Johnny Depp, who was brought in at the suggestion of Ryan Adams, who oversaw the sessions for the album. We’ll hear from that recording as well as from the new recording by singer-songwriter Chadwick Stokes.

Wednesday, February 11

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Commentary
6:30 am
Fri February 6, 2015

A Musical Life: Jim Vegas

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Influenced by blues, jazz, and all things American music, Jim Vegas has lived in Boston (where he attended Berklee College of Music), Chicago, Fort Collins, Colorado, Los Angeles, and now Wichita. His wide range of influences and experiences can be heard via his songs, including those found on his latest release, The Bullfight in Our Heads.

On his song, “The Dream Thief”:

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Music
5:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Time For Three: Trio For Beyond The End Of Time

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Time For Three is not an act for musical purists. The group’s repertoire includes explorations of folk, Americana, bluegrass and classical music. The bandmate’s co-founder Ranaan Meyer says that he and his bandmates Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall, both on violin, came together at exactly the right time a little more than a decade ago. They were students at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and back then, the dividing lines between classical and popular music were beginning to erode, perhaps more than ever.

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Music
3:50 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Releases From Dylan, Dengue Fever, And Gov’t Mule With John Scofield Arrive

'El Corazon' from Steve Earle
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Monday, February 2: El Corazon is the 1997 album from Steve Earle, featuring guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Supersuckers, and Earle’s son, Justin Townes Earle. Listen for selections from this release as well as music from the Grateful Dead’s landmark 1970 release Workingman’s Dead.

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Books
5:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Christopher Scotton Tackles Big Issues, Complex Relationships With Debut Novel

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Christopher Scotton’s debut novel, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, tells the story of a young man living with his mother and grandfather deep in the heart of Appalachia. The book’s young protagonist, Kevin, and his mother are trying to cope with the death of Kevin’s young brother. Set against the backdrop of mountaintop removal and a murder, the novel has already been proclaimed a classic by some critics.

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Music
9:27 am
Wed January 14, 2015

New Music From Panda Bear, The Decemberists, Murder By Death, And Justin Townes Earle

Noah Lennox, 'Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper'
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Saturday, January 17: Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is the latest release from former Animal Collective vocalist Noah Lennox, who has just released his fifth album. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from Big Dark Love, the upcoming release by Indiana’s Murder By Death.

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